Engineering and Technology
Civil, mechanical or electronic - choose between a range of engineering topics
Why take this course?
If you have the enthusiasm and drive to complete a degree in engineering or computing but lack the entry requirements, this programme is ideal. After successfully completing foundation topics in areas such as maths and science for engineering purposes, you can transfer to one of our many engineering and technology degrees.
What will I experience?
On this course you can:
- Choose from the civil, mechanical and electronic engineering routes, amongst others
- Put learning into practice by doing a paid work placement, either in the UK or overseas
- Apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities, local and global organisations
What opportunities might it lead to?
This course, after further study, puts you in an excellent position to start a career as a professional engineer. Not only does it meet the requirements of the major engineering graduate programmes, it gives you the chance to sample the work place with a year-long industrial placement.
Placement employers may even offer a sponsorship for your remaining years of study, a job offer on graduate, or both.
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- research and development
- product manufacture
- project management
I enjoyed my course, particularly the project based learning, which allowed practical work to be carried out alongside the theory.
Sophie Washington, engineering student
Apply for September 2016
If you're still considering your options, we’re here to help you make the right decision.
- UCAS Course Code:
- 4 years full time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
- 80-120 points to include 1 A level or equivalent, in any subject. Other qualifications such as Vocational A levels (AVCE), BTECs and Access courses will also be considered. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5. Other qualifications
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2016/17 entry: full time: £13,700 p/a**
*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.
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- School of Engineering
Structure & Teaching
The course focuses on skills and knowledge required for creating and making. Maths and science are the basic tools which are complemented by other subjects, enabling you to build a course that prepares you for your degree.
You will specifically focus on the following areas:
- Mathematics: algebra, calculus, trigonometry and graphs
- Electrical Technology: electrical fundamentals and systems
- International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL): word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and files
- Engineering Science: physics and measurement
- Engineering Materials Structure: chemical and physical properties
- Design: concepts and design development
Teaching and Assessment
You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials (personal and academic), laboratory and project work, CAE system activity and open access study. The course has a strong practical emphasis and we pride ourselves on working at the leading-edge of technology and learning practices.
How are you assessed?
A range of assessment methods encourages a deeper understanding of engineering and allows you to develop your skills. Here’s how we assess your work:
- written examinations
- practical tests
- project work
Facilities & Features
We offer you a range of labs such as the Analogue Electronics and Control Engineering Laboratory and the Telecommunications and Signal Processing Laboratory. From Digital Signal Processing (DSP) kits to walking robots, all are well-equipped with industry-standard experimental and computational facilities.
Drop in any time and get one-to-one help with that tricky maths or stats problem. With handouts on key topics to take away and computer aided learning packages, we can get the problem solved and help you improve your numeracy skills.
Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.
Budgeting for your studies
There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.
Careers & Opportunities
Depending where your interests lie, each course will open up numerous career opportunities.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- acoustics engineer
- mechanical engineer
- product design engineer
- aerospace engineer
- civil and structural engineer
Taking a placement year in industry could be one of the best decisions you make as more often than not, it leads to further opportunities after graduation. SPEC, our Student Placement and Employability Centre, not only helps you to arrange your placement but acts as a source of information and guidance throughout the recruitment process and beyond. We help on anything and everything related to employability skills as well as assisting you in gaining other types of work experience.
To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.
Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.
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